Budget supermarket chain launches its own low-cost Android tablet in the U.K.
The supermarket's Lifetab slab now competes with other low priced 7 inch Android models in the U.K., including the £99 ($162 USD) Amazon Kindle Fire, the £119 ($195 USD) Tesco Hudl, and the £199 ($325 USD) Nexus 7. For comparison, the Apple iPad mini with Retina display is priced at £319 ($521 USD) with a slightly larger 7.9 inch screen. Despite being priced at least £20 cheaper than the competition, the Medion Lifetab tablet is said to be light on features. Compared to the Tesco device, the Lifetab tablet has a lower resolution screen, and a less powerful processor. It also features 8GB of storage and a 4-hour battery life.
Available in black only, the tablet will have access to the Google Play Store and will be equipped with a media player app, a drawing app, an app that is a knock-off of Microsoft Office, and a 30-day trial of Kaspersky Tablet Security.
CCS Insight says that 8.3 million tablets were sold in the U.K. last year, and for the first half of this year, nearly 6 million slates were rung up. As we can see from the long lines for the Lifetab tablet, demand for low-priced Android slates is heavy in the U.K. Since September, the low-priced Tesco model has sold 200,000 units.
source: DailyMail, The Guardian